Our team is a who’s who of travel in the Mekong region. Company Director Kulikar Sotho has more than 20 years of experience in in the region, including guiding, tour leading and arranging the impossible for film-makers and television stars such as Gordon Ramsay and Angelina Jolie. Lonely Planet author Nick Ray is the Product Director and has spent two decades exploring the region for guidebooks, travel companies and film and television productions. Add to this a talented, committed and passionate team of management and staff and you have one of the most experienced teams in Asia.
Sotho TanManaging Director
Sotho established Hanuman back in 1990, in the early days of tourism, having worked as one of the first tour guides in post-war Cambodia. Fluent in French and English, she oversaw the transformation of Hanuman into the success story it is today. She remains actively involved, looking after the French and European markets. Her passion is the arts and Hanuman Fine Arts is a showcase for the finest collection of artefacts in Cambodia. She is also the inspiration behind Montra Nivesha, Angkor’s Boutique Residence.
Kulikar SothoExecutive Director
Kulikar's first job in travel was organizing 7500 United Nations peacekeepers in Cambodia in the early 1990s. Today she is Executive Director of Hanuman and oversees the continued growth of the company. She still loves to travel regularly throughout Cambodia and the region. She's also head of Hanuman Films and is involved in producing feature films and documentaries in the Mekong Region, working as Line Producer for Tomb Raider and escorting celebrities like Gordon Ramsay around Cambodia. More recently she debuted as a film director on The Last Reel, which won several international awards, including the Spirit of Asia Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014. Michael Moore awarded it the Founder's Grand Prize at the Traverse City Film Festival 2016. Her second feature film was Beyond The Bridge in 2016.
Nick RayCompany Advisor
After working as a journalist and tour leader, Nick hooked up with Lonely Planet in 1998 and has since worked on more than 50 guidebooks, including titles on Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. He also leads and lectures on tours for leading travel companies and organisations, including Harvard Business School Alumni and Young Presidents’ Organisation. He also works as a location scout and manager for the world of television and film, including Tomb Raider, Top Gear Vietnam and countless documentaries for the BBC and National Geographic. Nick continues to explore new destinations in the region and has recently been to Putao and Mogok in Myanmar, motorbiked 'The Loop in Central Laos and spotted gibbons in the Seima Protected Forest in Northeast Cambodia.
Heng PalSales Manager
Heng was born in Prey Veng province, finished his high school education in 2004 and married in Phnom Penh in 2011. He started working with Hanuman since 2011 and has worked his way up from reservations officer to his current position as Sales Manager. Before joining us, he was a reservations officer at a French travel agency in Siem Reap and with a well-known hotel in the capital. Heng is passionate about travel and enjoys exploring Cambodia. His favourite places are ancient temples, distant mountains with waterfalls and lush forest with wildlife. He has also travelled to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to represent Hanuman at travel award ceremonies. Heng enjoys swimming, Khmer Martial Arts and Chinese movies.
Andy BrouwerProduct & Communications
Cheltenham-born and bred, he made his first trip to Cambodia in 1994. That white-knuckle ride hooked him for life. He upped sticks to Phnom Penh in 2007 after more than thirty years in Banking back in the UK to join Hanuman. As well as having a serious interest in temples, books (he’s the editor of the guidebook To Cambodia With Love), and pretty much all things Khmer, he is a lifetime supporter of Leeds United and has an insatiable passion for the music of Steel Pulse and Ennio Morricone. His website http://www.andybrouwer.co.uk details his extensive interests. Andy also works as a production coordinator with Hanuman Films.
Bénédicte SiggFrench Market Coordinator
Bénédicte joined Hanuman in early 2018 as French Market Coordinator. She travelled extensively during her studies and completed a series of work experiences in tourism and hospitality including spells in Dublin, Mallorca and in Seoul for her final master's semester. She arrived in Cambodia in the middle of 2017 working with Bodia Spa, and is now living a new adventure with Hanuman as French Market Coordinator. Curious about cultures and history, Bénédicte is a skilled tourism representative and mediator between the French-speaking countries and the Mekong region, and is happy to share new unique experiences with tourism professionals and experts. Concerned about environmental issues, Bénédicte also strongly nurtures and encourages Hanuman’s commitment in promoting sustainable and responsible tourism.
Anthony PhamIT Manager
Anthony must have been predestined to come in Cambodia, giving up his comfortable life in France, together with his family, as they decided to come to Asia to seek a more interesting experience. It is natural that he ended up in Cambodia, as this is where his wife is originally from. Anthony has been at Hanuman for more than one year and comes with considerable experience in the IT industry. He is currently in the midst of modernizing the IT infrastructure of the company.
Ouk MalaOperations Supervisor, Siem Reap
Mala joined Hanuman at the start of 2018. He spent the previous six years working in the travel industry, initially for a hotel before moving on travel agency work. 2018 will also be a year to remember for Mala as he tied the knot with his wife. He was born in Site 2, a Khmer refugee camp in Thailand before coming to Cambodia with his family and settling in Siem Reap twenty years ago. Travel is in his blood and he loves to experience new locations, when he's not playing football, cycling or swimming in his spare time.
Chhoeung SamedyOperations Supervisor, Phnom Penh
Samedy was born in Siem Reap and graduated from the Ecole d'Hotellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule in hospitality management in 2009. He worked as a reservations officer in a hotel and operations officer in a travel company, before joining the Hanuman team in late 2016. He was married two years earlier and has two children, one son and one daughter. Out of the office, he loves travelling to new places and enjoys reading and television in his spare time.
Prak Ing VongthearinSenior Sales Supervisor, French & English markets
Thearin's birthplace is in Prey Veng province but Phnom Penh is the place where he grew up, moving to the city when just two years old. He began working in the tourism field following his graduation from the Institute of French Languages. Thearin, who speaks both English and French fluently, joined the Hanuman team in 2012. His passion lies in exploring different cultures, lives and beautiful landscapes in every area of the Kingdom, and he is keen to share his knowledge to show Cambodia’s charm to the world through his role as a Senior Sales Supervisor. In his spare time, Thearin loves reading, swimming and watching football, his favourite club is Manchester City.